But one thing that most don't know is that Logan’s father has Alzheimer’s disease. With his father’s condition getting worse and worse, Mr. Whalen is not expected to make it to graduation.
On March 19, 2014, dressed in the graduation attire of a cap and gown, standing on the stage of the Lyceum, with family,
friends, and teachers in the audience, “Class of 2014” balloons present, and the graduation song playing, Logan received a special ceremony conducted by principal Dr. D’Agostino in which Logan had a pre-graduation. Dr. D’Agostino gave a speech about Logan and mentioned he was glad he was able to connect with Logan personally on a prior school trip, since as principal those opportunities seem few.
Then, Logan was handed the coveted graduation folder.
This folder held the symbol of graduation, and the meaning that Logan is on-track to graduate but still has to complete all his classes with the passing grades needed. He will still be graduating and walking the stage with the CMHS Class of 2014 on June 19, 2014.
Believe it or not, this entire ceremony was a surprise to Logan. Previous planning for a few weeks resulted in this special event. Logan’s older sister, Taylor, came up with the idea and first started planning it. She hoped that the ceremony could
take place on March 18th (Logan’s birthday) instead, but Dr. D’Agostino had a district meeting, so the ceremony was pushed forward a day.
“I found out three weeks ago,” senior, friend, and attendee Rachel Russell said. “Mrs. Delzer came up to me and wanted me to get ahold of Logan’s closest friends. I didn’t want it to be too big to overwhelm him.”
Another senior, friend, and attendee Kyle Hefner mentioned, “I found out three days before it happened and didn’t think it was going to be as big as it was, but his whole family was there. Even my dad was there.”
Logan was in fifth period when Mrs. Delzer came and told him to model Jostens’s graduation gear. He was led onto the stage of the lyceum. That is when Logan saw Dr. D’Agostino and the music begun playing.
Members of the audience included Logan’s older sister Taylor, his older brother Brandon, his mother, his father, his dad’s closest friends that flew in from Canada with their wives and children, Kyle Hefner and his father, McKenna Patton, Royce Friedmann, Adam JeyaRajah, Rachel Russell, Ms. Daniels, Ms. Duzey, Ms. Scott, Lorrie, and Ms. Rasmussen. Logan’s other older brother Jon had to work and could not make it.
“Logan started crying. It got really emotional,” Kyle Hefner said. Rachel Russell added, “It was a very beautiful thing and I’m glad he got that special experience with his father.”
When asked what made this experience extra-special for him, Logan said, “Since Dr. D’Agostino is leaving Mesa for the district soon, I was the last person he graduated. It makes me feel special and I think that’s so cool.”